I hope that when I am challenged to confront hatred and evil,
that I will have some of the courage that Dr. King carried with him during his too short life. Happy birthday, amazing man.
In the glow of Dr. King Day, and the gorgeous orange lunar eclipse, and the stunning snow and bracing air, we start the school week with:
8th Grade Tea Party! On Tuesday, January 22, at 8:30 Room 301 will be stripping dried mint leaves from our garden, and stuffing them into paper filter bags for tea. A sub group will be brewing tea for the class and serving it with crispy bread, butter and our own organic mixed berry jam. Quite a lovely tradition. If anyone would like to help, and experience High Tea, please join us. Room 303 with repeat the affair at 11:30.
On the same day the three 6th grade classes will begin a project to take new steps to reduce our waste stream. They will watch "What a Waste," a Waters-produced film that documents the beginning of our composting program. At that time we used all styro-foam lunch trays, thousands and thousands of them. Today all our paper trays are composted. But what else can we do? At school? At home? Stay tuned for our students' campaign.
On Wednesday, January 23, 5th Grade Room 204 will visit Sauganash to count deer and cut buckthorn. Bundle up and join us. Briefing at 9:00. Bus leaves at 9:30, and returns by 12:45.
On Thursday, January 24, 5th Grade Room 209 repeats the adventure above.
On Friday, January 25 our 7th Graders in Room 309 will venture out to the Lake to regard the wonders of that wonder of the world. They have been studying geology in science class, including the glaciers of the Pleistocene that carved out the Lake basin. They will also learn Mr. Leki's 10 Amazing Facts About Lake Michigan.
I will share two with you.
1. If you stood the John Hancock building in the deepest part of the Lake, only the antennae would show above the water.
2. The Hancock Building is about 1,200 feet tall. The glaciers that rose out of the Lake were 6,000 feet tall. A glacier would literally sweep the city away and grind it up into bits. Don't mess with Mother Nature!
We will travel on a school bus leaving at around 9:00 and returning around 1:00. Dress warm. Winter Lake weather is extreme, but definitely worth experiencing.
Trip date switches:
The Room 207 Sauganash trip scheduled for last Friday, January 18 has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 21.
The Room 211 3rd Grade Sauganash trip has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, February 5.
Please remember that volunteers must be registered with CPS. Check your status in the Office.